Expat Trends

Expat Humor - When it Translates

15 June, 2011 12:20  Erin Erin

Happy group © Yuri Arcurs - FotoliaSome countries pride themselves on their engineering prowess. Others offer a better quality of life with low working hours. And some nations are better than others at making the world laugh.

A recent international poll of more than 30,000 people in 15 countries has ranked which countries are funniest...and which are not. Conducted by social networking site Badoo.com, the poll reveals different perceptions nations have of each other, and how that relationship affects perceptions. (More)


Coolest Nationalities

03 February, 2011 14:48  Erin Erin

Brasil © Eli Coory - FotoliaOf course your country is cool! You live there after all. Either adopted, or the country of your birth, every place on earth has something to be proud of. But, is your country the coolest?

Maybe this depends on how many cool people reside in a country? Maybe it's determined by the quality of nightlife? Does the title belong to those nations that are the best dressed? Is Switzerland's political neutral status cool?

Maybe it is all these things....and a little something extra. Something cool. (More)


Social Networks Keep Expats Connected

15 January, 2011 10:05  Erin Erin

Connected: USA. Arizona. Page. Horseshoe Bend. Man with notebook © PictureArt - FotoliaThink back to a trip away from home in the 1970's. No e-mail, no internet, no way to cheaply call home. People actually sent letters!
Think even further back to the 1900's. Brown leather trunks adorned with stickers from around the world announced you as a traveler. Wistfully, you said good-bye to your home and embarked on an epic, and isolated, adventure. You were lucky to even get letters.

The internet has totally changed travel. This simply cannot be overstated. Suddenly people are informed about the world in general, able to instantly "tweet" a photo of their exotic lunch to friends, create a blog to share their stories, and wish someone they met in a hostel happy birthday on Facebook. While this new technology is helpful to all travelers, it has a particular benefit to expats. Networking can not only help you keep in contact with those back home, but can help to replace or rebuild support systems and become established in a host country. Benefits range from setting up business contacts to finding a trusted babysitter to just making friends. People are connecting on a whole new level- where leaving home, no longer means you completely left.  (More)


France tops 2010 Quality of Life Index

11 January, 2011 13:43  Erin Erin

As we start 2011, International Living offers the 2010 rankings of the best places to live. Every January, 194 countries are ranked to find which location offers great quality of life. Wherever you are, you can be happy....but maybe in these top spots life is just a bit better. (More)


In which country is lifestyle better?

15 November, 2010 11:03  EasyExpat EasyExpat

With the 2010 Expat Explorer, HSBC International released the result of its survey on expats' experiences of setting up in their new country of residence, integrating into local society as well as their quality of life.

Thailand tops expat lifestyle surveyThailand - © julie etchepar - Fotolia.com

Some people only dream about that : leave all behind and go around the world. But for those planning a gap year in Thailand they better book soon as the country has come top in the survey and ranked most highly for its overall quality of life, including its food, its social aspects and its opportunities for sports and entertainment. (More)


Russia is top wealth destination for expats, Europe at the bottom of the league

12 November, 2010 08:31  EasyExpat EasyExpat

With the 2010 Expat Explorer, HSBC released the result of its survey on expats' financial aspects, the first of three reports to be published.

Finance - © Fotolia.comThe bank explores top locations for salaries, levels of disposable income and luxuries. The report also takes a look at how the expat economy has changed since 2009.

The survey is now in its third year and reached over 4,127 expats in about 100 countries this year. Two years ago EasyExpat.com published the result of the survey 2008, and in 2009 we published the Halifax report on British expatriates.

Russia is home to the wealthiest expats, followed by the Middle East

Expats in Russia remain the wealthiest in the world, with 36% earning over $250,000, even invreasing from the 30% a year ago. In fact, the Middle East, Singapore and Russia dominate the top quartile of the Wealth Hotspot leader board in 2010, while expats in mainland Europe and South Africa are accumulating the least amount of financial wealth. (More)


HSBC look at expat finance, experience and raising a family abroad in 2010

11 November, 2010 12:58  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Expat family - © Fotolia.comHSBC has released some results of its 2010 survey: Expat Explorer 2010.

Expat Explorer, now in its third year, continues to deliver an insight into expat life around the globe. 4,127 expats in over 100 countries were surveyed in 2009, making it the largest expat survey. Two years ago EasyExpat.com published the result of the survey 2008, and in 2009 we published the Halifax report on British expatriates.  (More)


America's Coolest Cities

25 September, 2010 11:52  Erin Erin

America the beautiful, the trendy, the place to be. Forbes, one of the premiere magazines on business and finance, recently put out a list ranking trendy metros from 1 to 10.


"Coolness" can be a tough measure to rank. Market research company Harris Interactive was responsible for conducting the poll. Approximately 2,000 adults from across the U.S. were asked which of the 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country were "the coolest". Rankings by poll takers were paired with number of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, museums, galleries, live theater venues and sports stadiums in each city using data from AOL City Guides. (More)


World's Best Countries

13 September, 2010 22:40  Erin Erin

Think your country is the best of the best? The countries which have predominately held wealth and power are shifting and new countries are taking the mantle of best, most powerful, and best quality of life. Newsweek Magazine set out to define what makes a great country.


There are so many things that make a country great, Newsweek decided use the criteria of: health, economic dynamism (the openness of a country's economy and the breadth of its corporate sector), education, political environment, and quality of life. (More)


Best cities to live in the world in 2010

01 July, 2010 15:26  Erin Erin

What makes a city truly exceptional? The perfect place to live, work, and play? Monocle magazine knows what makes a city great to live and have compiled a list of the 25 best places to live. These cities aren't just OK, but are "benchmarks for urban renaissance and rigorous reinvention in everything from environmental policy to transport". The results of their annual survey were published on June 17, 2010.

25 Best Places to Live

Photo of Munich - July 2010, evening1. Munich, Germany
The city is the epitome of everything valued in the survey. Excellent location and transportation system allow for easy access to the rest of Europe, as well as the world. Monocle boasts that the city has the best airport in Europe. There is also a boon of cultural heritage and events and plenty of green space to make living in the city enjoyable. On top of these benefits, there is an extremely low crime rate. Apparently Munich parents agree with the magazines assessment as the city is one of the few reporting an upswing in birth rate. Prost! (More)


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